Sedans 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Almost all-new We last saw a new Volkswagen Passat eight years ago, a relative eternity in the automotive world. On Monday at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, VW introduces a heavy refresh of its midsize sedan. I refrain from saying “all-new,” simply because, aside from its updated design, the Passat’s powertrain and technology remain largely unchanged. Enlarge ImageA new grille dominates the 2020 Volkswagen Passat’s front fascia. Volkswagen The 2020 Passat has a more rakish roofline and the grille is wider, with slimmer LED headlamps. The LED taillights are reshaped as well, and Volkswagen has added quad exhaust tips. While 17-inch wheels are standard, drivers can move up to 18- or 19-inch wheels, depending on model. The Passat has always had plenty of interior room, and thankfully, that hasn’t changed. V-Tex leatherette or Nappa leather are both available and the interior comes in your choice of four colors. Heated front and rear seats are available, as well. Volkswagen reading • 2020 Volkswagen Passat refresh focuses on style Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago As with the 2019 model, the Passat comes standard with forward collision warning and emergency braking, now with a new pedestrian monitoring system. Also standard is blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, but adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are both optional. A new Parking Steering Assist can automatically guide the Passat into a tricky parallel or perpendicular parking spot. Volkswagen’s aging MIB II infotainment system comes on a new glass-covered touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and a premium Fender stereo system is available. Unfortunately, because the Passat doesn’t move to Volkswagen’s scalable MQB platform, you can’t have it with the company’s excellent Digital Cockpit gauge display. Enlarge ImageThe Passat’s interior remains as roomy as it ever was. Volkswagen The Passat will still be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, good for 174 horsepower. The good news is that a new torque converter and tuning ups the torque from 184 to 207 pound-feet of twist for 2020. The Passat puts power to the front wheels only, with a six-speed automatic transmission. When much of the competition sports an eight-speed transmission — heck, even the company’s own Jetta compact sedan has eight gears — the choice to not upgrade the gearbox is curious. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat will be available in the summer of 2019. Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage. Volkswagen: All the VW news from Detroit and beyond. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 6 49 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value • See All Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Comments 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Detroit Auto Show 2019 Volkswagen Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays his respects in front of the body of former chief minister of Goa and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his funeral in Panaji on 19 March 2019. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi will fight to retain his Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) seat while BJP president Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, BJP leader JP Nadda announced on Thursday.The Gandhinagar seat is currently held by veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, who has been winning the seat consecutively from 1998.Among the prominent leaders announced in BJP’s first list, which had 184 names across 20 states, were union ministers Rajnath Singh, who will contest again from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Maharshtra, V K Singh from Ghaziabad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur Rural), Satyapal Singh from Baghpat, UP, and DV Sadananda Gowda from Bengaluru North.All are sitting MPs from these seats.Textiles minister Smriti Irani will again face Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, while film actress-turned politician Hema Malini will contest from her Mathura seat.Union minister Babul Supriyo will fight to retain his Asanol seat of West Bengal, where he will face Trinamool Congress’s Moon Moon Sen. The BJP has also fielded Bengali film actress Locket Chatterjee from Hooghly, West Bengal.BJP’s Kerala strongman Kummanam Rajasekharan, who recently quit as Mizoram governor, will fight against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvanthapuram, while Union minister KJ Alphons will contest from Ernakulam.The BJP also fielded its Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan from Thoothukudi from where DMK’s K Kanimozhi is contesting.Nadda, who had announced that India’s state minister for home affairs Kiren Rijiju will contest from Arunanchal East, later corrected himself, saying he would be contesting from Arunachal West.The BJP also fielded Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who had quit Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal to join it, from Kendrapara.Nadda also announced that candidates for all the 17 seats it will contest in Bihar have been cleared by the party’s Central Election Committee and sent to the state election panel.
Kolkata: West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is exploring options for starting monorail services for easy and faster communication in areas of Salt lake and New Town that cannot be covered by Metro services.”We have already completed the feasibility study along with the cost evaluation for the project. We are now looking for investors,” HIDCO chairman Debasish Sen said on the sidelines of Kolkata regional dialogue on ‘Preparing for the Future of Urban Mobility’ organised by the Bengal Chamber and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to HIDCO sources, the alignment for the monorail that has been created will start from Ultadanga station and will run through Sector I and Sector III in Salt Lake and will reach New Town. The total project cost has been estimated at Rs 4,500 crore.It may be mentioned that the two Metro projects — East West and Garia-Kolkata Airport Metros — work for which are going on in full swing will not be able to cover entire Salt Lake and New Town area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The monorail network will plug this gap,” a senior HIDCO official said.HIDCO is holding talks with start-up companies which can carry out real time analysis of CCTV footages to prevent accidents. The aim is to strengthen the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign initiative that was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in July 2016. The state government has already done GIS mapping and have marked accident prone areas in New Town.Talking of various initiatives that have been taken in New Town, Sen said house owners have been given the nod to convert their ground floors into cafes by paying Rs 500 to the authorities.”A large number of people working in the IT sector, particularly women feel unsafe when they return home at night,” Sen said adding that this step will increase the sense of safety and security of the citizens.He also touched upon the introduction of three electric buses, 10 charging stations, dedicated cycle track, smart bus stations with outdoor gym equipment and a number of initiatives towards urban mobility in New Town.
Register Now » I never truly experienced the great Portland-Seattle tech migration first hand. Oh, sure, I always heard about it in the background. People couldn’t afford the Bay Area, so periodically various acquaintances might disappear to the rainy north.Skilled American tech workers are leaving the Bay Area faster than they are arriving, so I haven’t been all that surprised. It didn’t really hit home, though, until recent months when a long-time, close coworker and friend, Janine Kahn, who I worked with at Village Voice Media in days gone by, decided to get out of Dodge (or San Francisco in my case). She’d always been one of my best San Francisco media friends, and we shared countless lunches and cupcakes. Time marches on though, and she eventually got an even better position running the digital editorial side of Lumina Media. Even more importantly, she found a good man, who became her husband. This good man found a fancy job in Oregon.“My husband, who also works in tech, got a job as a senior engineer at a dev. agency in Portland, and I work remote, so we decided to give it a shot,” she says. “It doesn’t hurt that we’re renting an entire house for less than our SF one-bedroom now.”Yes, that type of story forms much the core of why there’s a Pacific Northwest tech migration.Google gets in the act.Of course, Google is a part of this major tech trend as well. They recently decided to open offices in Portland too. The move makes Portland one of the latest locations across the globe for the company, including Austin, Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico and Egypt. A local presence gives Google and other companies the ability to better serve customers in each area.This is just a harbinger of things to come. As Portland grows, even more businesses will join Google there. The area has already had a tech worker influx rivaled only by the country’s biggest tech hubs. Here are a few reasons Portland, like Austin, Seattle and others, is capturing the attention of the Silicon Valley worker.Thriving tech industry.Between 2010 and 2013, Portland’s tech talent pool increased by 28 percent, which was a faster rate than Silicon Valley, where the talent pool grew only 20.8 percent. Even Austin, which has long been home to Apple, Google and othe huge tech companies, had slower growth than Portland at 26.5 percent. With so many talented professionals now, Portland has become a popular location for tech giants and startups alike.Hewlett Packard, eBay, Salesforce, New Relic and Airbnb are just a few of the tech companies with offices in Portland. But the city has plenty of its own tech companies, giving it the nickname “Silicon Forest.” The city is the hometown of Tripwire, Digital Trends and Cloudability, as well as numerous other startups and corporations in a variety of industries. This has created a culture of innovation in Northwest Oregon that makes new companies want to locate there.Low cost of living.This is the preeminent reason why workers are looking to leave Silicon Valley. A tech worker can live much more comfortably in Portland than San Francisco or Palo Alto, with much lower housing costs. While tech workers can easily earn six figures in Silicon Valley, tech-sector salaries in Portland are on the rise, up 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. From 2008 to 2014, Portland’s tech salaries increased 18 percent.Like Silicon Valley, the closer you get to Portland’s tech hub, the more expensive the housing is. However, many of the area’s technology workers choose to live in one of the more affordable suburbs of Portland, which also gives families access to great schools. Depending on a worker’s willingness to commute, there are several suburbs that are good places to live. It adds up to something much more attractive than the nasty commute along the various highways throughout the Bay Area.Work-life balance.Work-life balance is often mentioned as a benefit to living in the Portland area. Part of this could be the growing popularity of telecommuting in the city. One study revealed that 7 percent of the city’s workers now work from home and that number is growing. Nationally, 2.6 percent of the workforce telecommutes on a daily basis, making Portland a preferred city for those who want a commute that involves merely walking a few steps to a home office. Studies have shown that working from home allows for a better work-life balance, which is a priority for some of the top up-and-coming technology professionals.Tech workers increasingly seek work-life balance, especially those whose work requires long hours and years of dedication. Portland offers a wide variety of options for tech workers with hobbies, from its big music scene to its museums and art galleries. Many other cities have this, as well, but a shorter work commute and the ability to work from home could help tech workers relieve the pressure they feel in other tech hubs as they try to find a work-life balance that often seems to elude them.Portland is one of many areas seeing rapid growth due to technology companies. With so many professionals choosing the area, it will only continue to attract more organizations looking to capitalize on talent there. The tantalizing lifestyle of the city gives workers a combination of affordability and fun that can’t be found at the center of the tech world. This is good though. A healthy U.S. tech economy can’t be located in one region. It needs to be a part of mutliple regions, so it can drive greater benefit for the national economy as a whole. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 12, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.